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African Story wins $10m Dubai World Cup

African Story has won the world’s richest horse race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum greets African Story and Silvestre De Sousa after their win in the Dubai World Cup.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum greets African Story and Silvestre De Sousa after their win in the Dubai World Cup. © Randi Sokoloff

The seven-year-old Godolphin-owned gelding by Pivotal was ridden by Silvestre de Sousa to a four-length victory over Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Mukhadram, with Godolphin’s other runner, Cat O’Mountain, taking third.

African Story, who is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, ran the 10 furlongs in 2:01.63 over the  synthetic Tapeta surface.

“The horse has got very good track form and he’d won the Godolphin Mile here previously,” de Sousa said.

“He traveled so well and quickened great. It’s so special to win this race. I’m over the moon.”

It was the sixth win in the race for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, and the seventh win for owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who also owns the Darley Stud breeding operation.

Bin Suroor had failed to lift the trophy since Electrocutionist scored at Nad Al Sheba in 2006 and African Story was the long-standing handler’s first win in the race at the imposing Meydan Racecourse.

“This is our sixth win in the race and it has been a long time in coming,” said bin Suroor.  “There has been a lot of pressure from a lot of people, but I thought two years ago this was the right horse for this race. In my heart I thought this horse could win – he is something really special and I told Sheikh Mohammed this two years ago.

“This is a big thrill and I dedicate this win to my mother and I will give her my golden whip.”

African Story was bred in England by Darley, and is out of the Gone West mare, Blixen.

African Story blazes to the front to win the Dubai World Cup on Saturday.

African Story blazes to the front to win the Dubai World Cup on Saturday. © Dubai Racing Club / Andrew Watkins

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